3. Yu Darvish
Although Darvish is arguably the best starting pitcher on this list, he’s not the best trade candidate. First off, the Rangers haven’t committed to selling him yet, so he may not even be available. Second, he’s a free agent after this season meaning the Dodgers would likely give up at least one of their top prospects for a rental. A rental, who has trouble finding the strike zone at times and has only reached 30 starts in a season once.He boasted a 3.44 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and averaged close to 10 strikeouts every nine innings until his worst start ever against the Marlins. In 3.2 innings he gave up ten runs on nine hits.
However, the Dodgers’ starting rotation currently only has Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood who’ve proven they have swing and miss stuff. Rich Hill is getting plenty of swings and misses right now, but last season’s postseason proved he’s more suited to paint corners than blowing it by people. Adding Darvish would give the Dodgers a right-handed arm with swing and miss stuff. Of course, the reason why this is number three is that it’s very unlikely the conservative Dodgers’ front office will deal away their top prospects for a rental. Though perhaps his rough start before the deadline will lower his value.